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Deepen your knowledge of avalanche awareness 

Get the basic skills and knowledge of avalanche awareness and risk management during 2 days.

You learn how to deal with the necessary equipment to save someone and how you should behave in an emergency. The course takes place directly on the snow, so you have the best chance to deepen your knowledge.


When Sunday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday
Duration 2 days
Price CHF 730 per person*

*The ISTA ST1 course is taught by ISTA-certified mountain guide. The price includes climbing harness, the avalanche rescue equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe), course documents and 499 ISTA points that can be redeemed at selected ISTA partners. Ski or snowboard equipment and ski pass are not included. 


Upgrade Option 1:

Freeride Day 

Book an ISTA ST1 course and pay only CHF 160 for the Freeride Day instead of CHF 185 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transports included)! 


Upgrade option 2:

Backcountry Experience

Extend your ISTA ST1 course with the 2 days of the Backcountry Experience Package for CHF 355 (avalanche rescue equipment and taxi transports included)! 


Upgrade option 3:

Gorge Alpine 

Book an ISTA ST1 course and add the winter via ferrata Gorge Alpine for only CHF 70 instead of CHF 85.- (equipment and taxi transport included)! 


Conditions of participation:
The participants need good to very good ski/snowboard skills. Accident insurance is the participants’ re-sponsibility. Unaccompanied minors need a written permission from their legal guardian. We reserve the right to adjust the program to the prevailing conditions.

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Day 1:
You will get an introduction and information on ISTA (International Snow Training Academy) and the methods which are used to evaluate risks on the mountain. This includes how to recognize and minimize the different risks to which you may be confronted with in the backcountry terrain and deep snow. You will then put your new knowledge into practice, assessing the terrain and the risk and how best to communicate outside the marked pistes. Dealing with avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel is repeated and applied in practical exercises.

Starting time: 8.30 am


Day 2:

The second day is designed similarly to the first day of the course, allowing you to apply what you have learned in practical exercises and to gain confidence. You also have the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss with the other members and the instructor.

Starting time: 8.30 am


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